In what likely is a cosmic joke, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran will be addressing the UN on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Likely, it’s just a complete accident and the irony is lost on Iran. If the day was chosen as an insult, it only shows the cowardice of the Iranian delegation, who wish to spew their lies freely without the Israeli delegation refuting it. They have chosen a day where protests will be limited, and they do it because they know that the UN has something that Iran does not: freedom of speech.
Already, the Iranian leadership’s libels are heinous. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict. They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade,” Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said in a conference in June. He also argued that the Talmud “teaches to destroy everyone who opposes the Jews.” We doubt anything said on Yom Kippur will be better. No one wants a war with Iran, but defamation, blood libels, and hate speech cannot be ignored when backed by nuclear weapons.
This Yom Kippur, while they are being libeled, Jews will unite in solidarity to repent for sins and strive to become better people. Prayers will be said for the freedom of all oppressed people, including the people of Iran who are shackled by a murderous dictatorship, and force-fed hate. The Supreme Judge hears the cries of the oppressed, and He will answer them.
This Yom Kippur, we at Act For Israel send our prayers, good wishes and camaraderie to the people of Iran.
We stand with women who are forced to endure gender apartheid.
We stand with activists who are brutally punished for speaking out.
We stand with the exiles who are denied the right to see their families.
And we stand with the democratic movement in Iran, one that guarantees peace and prosperity for its people and not nuclear war.